How To Sleep Better Tonight

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Cardio!

Seriously! The past three nights, after hard cardio sessions in the afternoon (I went running last night after gardening,) I have slept SO incredibly well.

No trouble falling asleep.

No waking up in the middle of the night.

No grogginess in the morning.

I can 100% tell the difference in the quality of my sleep on the days that I have vs. have not had a tough workout. What about you?

On my rather chipper, warm (57 degrees!) morning Mom walk today, we stumbled upon the signs of spring twice! First we came across a baby bird on the sidewalk, that couldn’t have been more than a few days old. He had yet to shed his “fluff” and was just sitting there, so cute! I would’ve taken a picture, but didn’t want to disturb it and/or face the wrath of mama bird – trust me it’s happened before. Picture my brother being chased around and around my parents house by a very angry mother bird after messing with her nest – hysterical!

Later we came across this perfectly blue, Robin’s egg. So tiny and perfect. Awwww. ;)

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The blue continued onto breakfast – I had Blueberry Banana Overnight Oats!

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In the mix:

  • 1 Fat Free Raspberry Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • frozen blueberries

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Obviously this picture is pre “overnight” but this morning the blueberries had melted and made a thick, sweet, luscious sauce. Divine!

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This bowl was HUGE! It’ll definitely keep me full for the morning. Hopefully, anyways…! 

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Lunch is the same salad I made on Sunday night for Monday’s lunch, (chop once, eat twice!) a big Chopped Salad!

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In the mix:

  • Mixed greens
  • Spinach
  • Dole Stir Fry Medley
  • Celery
  • Dried cranberries
  • Turkey

The Trader Joe’s brand Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette was FANTASTIC on this on Monday, so I’m excited to use it again. A little goes a long way!

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I also brought a Lime + Salt Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn bag to crunch on this afternoon. It’s sooooo good.

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Good eats today!

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In other news, it’s soooooomebody’s speeeecial day today!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!

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 You won’t find a man that loves his family more than this guy, right here.

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He’d do absolutely anything for us,

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which we all feel incredibly lucky to know.

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I am my father’s daughter in MANY more ways than one,

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and I couldn’t be prouder to call him mine. Happy Birthday Pops! :mrgreen:

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We’re celebrating with a BBQ at my parent’s house tonight. Here’s hoping the rain hold out!!

TGIAF – have a great day!

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When is your birthday? Do you have any special birthday traditions?

My birthday is July 5th – SO CLOSE to the 4th! 6 hours and 42 minutes close, to be exact. ;)

Our birthday traditions include having a Pepperidge Farm birthday cake, and choosing which restaurant you wanted to go to for dinner!


How To Make Fresh Spring Rolls

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Tonight’s dinner incorporated two ingredients I’ve never used before…and was quite nervous about using! 1. Rice Sticks: Much thinner than rice NOODLES, they are similar to cellophane or glass noodles and take just 3 minutes to cook! 2. Rice Paper Wrappers: The egg roll wrapper’s chewier, rice cousin. If you haven’t guessed – I…

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